We have 3 growing boys in our house and growing appetites! Meat Loaf and potatoes have become a staple for us. And our 7 year old even calls it his ” Favorite Dinner ever”.
This Instant Pot meatloaf and potatoes are of course easy (our favorite thing about the Instant pot), cooked in one pot and done without heating up the house with a hot oven on for an hour! (we only turn on the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the top at the end. But, more on that later!)
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The boys love to help mix this all together. We have begun to have more enjoyable times working in the kitchen together recently, I can actually give them simple jobs to do without freaking out! 🙂 (yay! Mom win)
We have these kids’ kitchen tools for them to use!!
Instant Pot Meatloaf and potatoes
Is there anything more comfort food than that?
Here’s how we make our Instant Pot Meatloaf and potatoes
skip to the bottom for a printable version of the recipe
Start by peeling and chopping your potatoes. We love this automatic peeler!!
Add 1 and 1/2 cups of water to the instant pot, and place the trivet down too ( this prevents any potatoes sticking to the bottom and causing the burn notice.)
pour the potatoes into the pot.
Next, mix all of the meatloaf ingredients together..
Set IP to saute
Throw in chopped onion and mushrooms.
Saute until onions are translucent and mushrooms are tender.
Meanwhile take flour, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and parsley and mix in a gallon size baggie! ( can you tell I hate dishes? but you can always do this in a shallow dish too.)
place the chicken into the baggie and gently shake until chicken is coated.
Now here is where I would like to tell you to just brown the chicken in the Instant Pot.. however when I try to do this, it never ends well.. the coating sticks to the bottom and then begins to burn... I find it's just easier to get a frying pan out and brown the chicken a couple minutes each side.
While chicken is browning on the stove you can start adding the parmesan cheese, crushed garlic, marinara sauce, chicken broth, and red wine to the IP. Mix it up and add just a pinch of pepper and salt, remember you can always add more later.
transfer the chicken to the IP and cover it with the sauce.
secure the lid and make sure the valve is set to seal. Set to manual for 11 minutes. While this comes to pressure (took about 10 minutes) and cooks, you can prepare some noodles and bread.. or whatever you want to serve with it.
When cooking is done, let it Naturally Pressure Release (NPR) for 5 - 10 minutes. Smother it in mozzarella cheese and more Parmesan before serving.
Serve with Pasta and bread!
One of my favorite oven dinners is Creamy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli.
So, I set out to convert it to the IP. The Result was an amazing dinner done under 30 minutes (and that’s with frozen chicken) continue reading to get our recipe for instant pot creamy chicken and rice.
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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice
I used my 8 qrt DUO, and started out with 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot, and then the trivet. ( I just happen to like chicken when it isn’t sitting in the liquid, but either way works.)
This particular day I used Bone-in chicken thighs. But you can use Chicken Breast too. And if you want to save yourself a step, just buy boneless.
Then I added a second trivet on top of the chicken. and the bowl of rice. If you don’t have a second trivet you can put the bowl directly on top of the chicken.
In the bowl I put 1 cup of Uncle Ben’s brown rice. and 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth, Plus a slab of butter. Then placed the bowl on top of everything. This method is called Pot in Pot cooking ( or PIP)
Set the lid, and make sure valve is set to seal. Then select Manual (or pressure cook) button and adjust to 23 minutes.
Make sure it is on high pressure.
The Pot came up to pressure surprisingly quick. And then when the 23 minutes was done, I let it naturally pressure release (NPR) for 5-10 minutes. While I waited, I cheated a little bit and steamed my broccoli in the microwave. I could have waited and removed the chicken and rice and stuck the broccoli in the IP (If you want to do this, just select 0 minutes on the manual setting)
After releasing the remaining pressure, I set the bowl of rice aside. and took out the chicken. reserved the liquid for anything I need chicken broth for this week, and took the chicken off the bones.
I dumped in two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup and a splash of milk and dumped everything back in the pot to stir.
A sprinkle of pepper and paprika and dinner is done! (You don’t need salt if you are using the canned cream of mushroom soup)
I really love brown rice cooked like this in IP. It comes out fluffy and soft every time!
instant pot creamy chicken and rice
This is a favorite meal of ours.. normally done in the oven. But I wanted to make a quick IP version. The result was delish!!!